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Important Message from Jr. Irish Soccer Club regarding COVID-19

03/10/2020, 8:00pm EDT
By Ken Nuber Nuber, Executive Director

April 7, 2020

Jr. Irish Family,
 

I want to thank you for your patience during this time as things continue to change on a daily basis.  The next 10 days will be critical in regards to the peak of the virus, so we pray that we all stay healthy and safe. 

That being said, we are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel to resume the season.  US Youth Soccer and the other US Soccer governing bodies have set May 1st to resume the season.  Jr. Irish has worked closely with the other soccer clubs in St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties to set a target of May 11th to resume the season.*  That date is 5 weeks from now and we are hopeful that all the safety efforts will pay off and we can get our children back on the field.

We are developing a schedule of games involving our club neighbors in St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties as a precaution.  This effort involves Jr. Irish, Invaders, Echo, Elkhart Flames / ECU, Goshen, and Middlebury.  We will implement social distancing into our plans for both training and games to continue to create a safe environment.  

We will also be announcing today that the Memorial Day Invitational (MDI) will now be held on June 27-28, and be renamed the “Fresh Air MDI”.  We hope this can be a celebration for our families after a very difficult first half of 2020.        

We will be communicating to all of you in the coming days with specific plans for each team.  Please make sure our players continue to work hard with the ball using Techne Futbol application while still practicing social distancing.   

Again, thank you for your support.  Brighter days are on the horizon. 

Ken Nuber
Executive Director
Jr. Irish Soccer Club

  * If on May 11th, it is still deemed “unsafe” to move forward with play and/or to continue the Spring Season, we will be forced to cancel the Spring Season at that point. We will deliver that information to our families as soon as that decision is made.

April 3, 2020

Jr. Irish Family,
 

Indiana Soccer announced today that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Spring 2020 ISL league season and all Indiana Cup series events (State Cup, President’s Cup, and Challenge Cup) have been cancelled. In addition, most of the tournaments our teams have registered for have either been postponed or cancelled. 

As a club, we have been preparing for this possibility and have developed a few different plans moving forward that are currently under review by our Board of Directors.  

We ask for your patience during this time. We will have more information in the coming days, but know as a club that we will always put the health and safety of our kids first.

Thank you for your support. 

Ken Nuber
Executive Director
Jr. Irish Soccer Club

March 29, 2020

I wanted to give you some Jr. Irish updates as we continue to deal with this pandemic.  

On March 12, Jr. Irish suspended all activities until April 13.  As we continue to rely on public health experts from the Indiana Department of Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization, we are continuing to assess the possibility of returning to play.  We have been in contact all clubs in St. Joe and Elkhart Counties and sharing thoughts and concerns.

Jr. Irish has made the decision to extend the suspension of all activities until May 1, 2020.  All the clubs in the area as well as many across the state have extended their suspension to this date citing the health officials and projections of this virus.  

We are committed to hosting the 2020 Memorial Day Invitational as long as we are able to offer a safe event with the support of local health officials.  The MDI is very important to the South Bend economy and we are in constant communication with city officials.     

Please continue to support your children with being as active as they can be during this time.  We have received great response to the Techne Futbol app that we have purchased for the Club.  Over 73% of players have registered and have logged over 600 hours of training!  Remember that if you are having problems with the app, please email me so I can get it resolved.  This is a great tool for the players to get fun work in with the ball.

The Red Cross blood drive at Soccer Zone was a huge success with over 70 people donating, which made it one of the largest in the State during this crisis.  The Red Cross has scheduled another blood drive for Wednesday April 1st at Soccer Zone once again.  

For more information, please go to the Red Cross website to sign up at:https://www.redcrossblood.org

Thanks for your patience and support.  We will always put the health of our kids first.

 

Ken Nuber
Executive Director
Jr. Irish Soccer Club

March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patricks Day!  With “Irish” in our name, we have to celebrate OUR day.

With all the school and government closings, we are at the mercy of our national governing bodies in regards to a timeline for returning to soccer and normal activities.  Last week, we set a conservative return date of April 13 which is still our intention as long as it is deemed safe by the CDC and other health professionals.  We have notified Indiana Soccer of our timeline even though their date to resume is still set for April 2.  Expect that to change in the coming days.  I wanted to provide you with some news/updates below:

  • We are still acvtively planning the 2020 Memorial Day Invitational and our hope is it can be a celebration of soccer to end a very unique Spring Season.  The event is almost 10 weeks out and much can change between now and then.  
     
  • With player development in mind, Jr. Irish has partnered with Techne Futbol to offer our players guided individual training.  The subscription that Jr. Irish has purchased not only covers players during this suspension time, but it will run until the end of June, 2021.  If you have not registered yet, please do so by using the email account from the invite that the Techne Futbol has sent to.  If you have not receveid the email, please check your spam / junk box in case it was redirected.  You can email me if you have questions or contact: support@technefutbol.com
     
  • Indiana Soccer is offering an e-sports league to all players registered with Indiana Soccer.  Players can represent Jr. Irish playing FIFA on Xbox One or Playstation 4.  There is a cost to the league but if they are going to be playing anyway, let’s have them play for Jr. Irish!  More informarion can be found at https://www.soccerindiana.org/esports/

The health and safety of our Jr. Irish family is our primary focus at this time.  Please follow the recommendations involving social distancing, hand washing, and limitations regarding travel.  Most kids will look at this time as an extended Spring break, but let’s focus on keeping our community safe and healthy.

Yours in Soccer

Ken Nuber
Executive Director
Jr. Irish Soccer Club

   

March 12, 2020

UPDATE - Important Message from Jr. Irish Soccer Club regarding COVID-19

As always, the health and safety of our families continue to be our top priority.  As we gather more information about the COVID-19 outbreak and the effect on our local community, Jr. Irish is working closely with local officials, Midwest Regional office, and Indiana Soccer to make informed decisions with the healthy and safety of our families being our top concern.   

With the number of COVID-19 positive tests in St. Joe county increasing and the potential exposure to a number of our families, Jr. Irish has made the decision to suspend ALL Jr. Irish activities until Monday April 13, 2020.  This includes all winter training at Soccer Zone, keeper training, outdoor training, and all games including ISL and Great Lakes Conference games.  

This is a very fluid situation and tough decisions have to be made.  The United States Youth Soccer Association has suspended all activities until April 15.  USYSA is the governing body who runs the National and Regional Leagues including the Great Lakes Conference.  While ISL has not made an official decision, they have told me they will have a new statement by the end of the day.  Regardless of their decision, Jr. Irish will not participate until April 13 at the earliest.   

Still the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed.  Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions with the health of our families as the priority.  We will continue to update you via email and website.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Ken Nuber
Executive Director

Links to additional Resources
CDC website – Coronavirus Overview
Indiana Department of Health – COVID-19
US Youth Soccer Statement
Indiana Soccer Statement
Penn-Harris-Madison School District Statement

 

March 10, 2020

Important Message from Jr. Irish Soccer Club regarding COVID-19

As always, the health and safety of our families is our top priority.  We will be following the protocols set forth by Indiana Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and leadership of local communities.

At present, the club will move forward with all scheduled activities, recommending common-sense safety measures. We will communicate changes as necessary.  We have been in close communication with Soccer Zone to assure that proper and thorough cleaning is a priority.  

In a statement, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box urged Hoosiers to "continue to educate themselves about this illness and take common-sense precautions, but also to be aware that the vast majority of COVID-19 cases are mild in individuals without underlying medical conditions.”

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed.  Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.  Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Links to additional Resources

CDC website – Coronavirus Overview
Indiana Department of Health – COVID-19
US Youth Soccer Statement
Indiana Soccer Statement
Penn-Harris-Madison School District Statement

Thank you for your patience and support.

Ken Nuber
Executive Director
Jr. Irish Soccer Club

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